Date: Wed 12 Dec 2012

What's in the news?

A round up of recently published articles from a range of magazines and online newsletters. All the usual titles have been covered, including the latest issues of Golf Management Europe, Greenside, Greenkeeper International and Greenkeeping.


Highlighting the best.
Author: Adam Lawrence
By Design reports on the first winners of ASGCA's new Design Excellence Recognition Program. The winners include: Granite Links, Bowes Creek CC, Lyman Golf Center, Phillips Park Golf Course, Mira Vista, and The Eagle at Twineagles.
By Design, Issue 13, Winter 2012. Pages: 8-17

An Eye for design - a Golden Age trip.
Author: Jeffrey D Blume
Many classic courses were designed in America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Still others were created during the 'Golden Age' of course design in the 1920s and 1930s. An account of the recent EIGCA, ASGCA & SAGCA Study Tour.
Avid Golfer, November 2012.

Building the course: towards a mutual understanding.
Author: Michael Hurdzan
One approach to successful teamwork is to establish a forthright professional working relationship that respects the contributions, interests and limitations of superintendent, designer and contractor alike.
Asian Golf Business, Issue 48, Nov-Dec 2012. Pages: 56-69

A dream for the future (shorter courses).
Author: Bill Amick
An idea for a theoretical golf course, much smaller that usual.
By Design, Issue 13, Winter 2012. Page: 18


Old Course embarks on historic redesign.
Author: Emma Williams
The Old Course at St Andrews is to embark on a major and controversial redesign. Nine of the course’s 18 holes will be altered this winter and next repositioning of some existing bunkers and removal of others, and remodelling of greens.
Golf Club Management, 28 November 2012.

ASGCA leaders provide perspective on Old Course modifications.
In-progress changes to the Old Course at St. Andrews has led to thoughtful and passionate discussion among industry leaders. ASGCA Executive Committee, recognizing the varied opinions of its members, will not make a formal statement on the subject.
Golf Business News, December 7 2012.

Dawson upbeat on Old Course works
Author: Adam Lawrence
Adam Lawrence reports on a tour of the controversial renovations with R&A boss Peter Dawson.
Golf Course Architecture, 7 December 2012.

Furious response to Old Course plan.
Leading golf architects around the world have responded with astonishment to Friday's announcement from the St Andrews Links Trust that extensive redesign work will be carried out on the Old Course in advance of the 2015 Open Championship.
Golf Course Architecture, 26 November 2012.

Dawson says too much Old Course hysteria.
Author: Aliatair Tait
R&A chief executive Peter Dawson says there is too much hysteria surrounding planned changes to the Old Course, and has called for balance and perspective from the golfing world. An interview with Peter Dawson in Golf Week.
Golf Week, December 2 2012.

Changes to the Old Course.
Author: Robert J Vasilak
A discussion of the controversy over the proposed changes to the Old Course at St Andrews.
World Golf Report, December 2 2012.

Klein: Process to Old Course changes feels rotten.
Author: Bradley S Klein
If they really want to protect par at The Old Course at St. Andrews, all they need to do is buy a big wind fan for the one week every five years when The Open Championship returns to the Scottish town.
Golf Week, November 27 2012.

Mixed response to Old Course changes.
Major redeign work underway on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland, has provoked a wide range of heartfelt responses and passionate discussion among golfers and industry leaders.
By Design, Issue 13, Winter 2012. Page: 5

Links 100 new arrival: Cabot Links.
Author: Thomas Dunne
This Nova Scotia layout has been the most hotly anticipated new course of the year.
Links Insider, November 30 2012.

Suffolk punch (Thorpeness Golf Club).
Author: Adam Lawrence
Thorpeness Golf Club was originally designed by James Braid and is currently coming to the end of a multi-year renovation project lead by Ken Moodie of Creative Golf Design.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 87, December 2012. Pages: 19-21

Perfect storm (Trump International).
Author: Mark Alexander
Amid a whirlwind of controversy, Donald Trump's Scottish course is open for business.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 87, December 2012. Pages: 31-33

‘Horrified’ Tom Doak to petition R&A over Old Course changes
Author: Martin Dempster
A leading golf course architect is to petition the R&A in protest over proposed changes to the Old Course at St Andrews ahead of the 2015 Open Championship., 5 December 2012.

R & A, Links Trust announce changes coming to the Old Course in St. Andrews
Author: Brandon Tucker
For 2015, the St. Andrews Links Trust will embark on a slew of changes: nine holes will be modified in total. Bunkers will be altered or removed and undulations in the fairways and around the greens will also be altered.
The Golf Channel, November 26 2012.

Turnberry - a classic links dripping with history and style.
Turnberry, host to the Open Champioship in 2009, is owned by Istithmar Starwood Hotels and operated as a Luxury Collection resort by Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Golf Range News, November 2012. Pages: 4-12

Gort Golf Club.
Author: Alan Mahon
Gort Golf Club, in Galway, Ireland, was founded in 1924 as a nine hole course in Rockfield. After years of enduring winter flooding it moved to a new location at Laughtyshaughnessy.
Greenside, December 2012. Pages: 30-35


UK clubs show world-class environmental credentials.
Author: Richard Stuttarrd
The results of this year's STRI Environmental Awards. The Overall Achievement Award went to Thorpness Golf Club.
Greenkeeper International, December 2012. Pages: 26-27

Silt fence and wttles stay the course.
Author: Tara Beecham
Classic performers in any field remain popular because they serve a purpose and they execute it well. Take, for example, sediment control. The reasons silt fencing and wattles remain viable, however, are clear: affordability and versatility.
Erosion Control, October 29 2012.

Golf club recognised as wildlife oasis.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
A golf course that acts as a ‘haven for wildlife’ has won an environmental award. Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club sits on a low lying plain off the Suffolk Heritage Coast and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Golf Club Management, 19 November 2012.

Revealed: Britain’s greenest golf course
Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club in Suffolk can claim to be the greenest in Britain after it landed a national prize at the STRI Golf Environment Awards 2012.
Golf Business News, Novmeber 8 2012.

Managing golf carts environmentally.
Author: David Dobby
This article looks at increasing the use of golf carts without damage to the environment.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 12, December 2012. Pages: 91, 95

Golf - the Game

Golf course design: new breed.
Author: Jonathan Gaunt
With golf clubs desperate to attact a new breed of golfer to spend money at their venues, it is time for a radically different approach to what facilities can offer.
Greenkeeping, November 2012. Pages: 10-13

What do golfers really want?
Author: Norm Spitzig
A core list of reasonable and appropriate expectations that the majority of golfers can and do expect from their 'home' course.
Golf Business Community (KPMG), December 4 2012.

Golf Foundation Project to help disadvantaged youngsters hailed as a success.
A Golf Foundationd project in the Shrewsbury area has been inspiring disadvantaged foster children through a team-based golf experience.
Golf Range News, November 2012. Pages: 44-46

GolfParc promotes both fun and profitablility.
Author: Nikki DeBoo
Quick to assemble, and fun to play, GolfParc is the easy way to attract both juniors and their parents.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 87, December 2012. Pages: 14-15

Can’t stop your ball on the green? Are the greens to blame or is it your game?
Author: Brian Whitlark; Dr Matt Pringle
In preparation for any championship putting greens are managed to provide firm and fast conditions. This encourages players to approach greens from strategic angles based on the shape of the green, hole location, & surrounding topography & hazards.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 25, November 30 2012. Pages: 1-3

Slow, slow, so so slow. has conducted a survey into slow play in Europe. The results raise an issue for golf course operators and owners to tackle the probem of golfers being actively put off from playing because of slow play.
Golf Business News, November 23 2012.

First Links: a blueprint for golf 'bunny slopes'.
Author: Gene Yasuda
The American Society of Golf Course Architects and the PGA of America have proposed a fix for the problem of initiating beginners to the game: a plan to create what is obviously missing: Bunny slopes – or golf’s version of them.
Golf Week, December 5 2012.

56 million golf gamers... let’s get (some of) them from the console to the course!
This article reports on one area of interest that NGF examined for the first time this year: golf gamers. There were approximately 56 Million people who played golf on a video game in 2011, more than double the number of golf participants.
NFG Dashboard, October 2012.

Golf participation holds steady despite bad weather.
Record numbers of women and men in England are playing sport every week – and even the wettest summer for 100 years failed to dampen enthusiasm for golf, according to new figures from Sport England.
Golf Business News, December 7 2012.


Easing the pain of core aeration.
Author: Patrick Gross
Although core aeration temporarily diminishes putting quality, there are long-term gains for turf health by reducing thatch and organic matter levels, relieving soil compaction, increasing soil oxygen levels, and stimulating healthy root growth.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 24, November 16 2012. Pages: 1-4

Playing defence is not a weakness.
Author: Keith A Happ
Golf course superintendents try to prepare for every possible scenario when conditioning turf for play. However, the weather is unpredictable and we often find ourselves reacting to how the turf responds to adverse environmental conditions.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 25, November 30 2012. Pages:

Proactive approach gets greener results.
The course manager of Woodhall Spa takes a proactive approach to winter disease control.
Greenkeeper International, November 2012. Pages: 31-33


Kenya: for a few dollars more.
Author: Robert J Vasilak
Kenya is emerging as a nation of high achievers, with young, upwardly executives who wish to live like their counterparts in the United States, Europe, and Asia: behind security gates, with a view of a fairway.
World Golf Report, November 16 2012.

Delozier tells USGA water conference next development cycle must heed lessons from the past.
As the U.S. housing market continues its recovery, developers and homebuilders must learn from past mistakes and plan new golf communities with water efficiency in mind.
The Golf Wire, November 8 2012.

Edwards restores Braid at Orsett.
English golf architect James Edwards has completed the first stage of a bunker renovation at Orsett Golf Club in Essex, designed to return the course to a more authentic look and feel.
Golf Course Architecture, 11 November 2012.

Key factors in research and booking of golf holidays.
A new survey detailing the most important factors influencing golfers’ research and booking of holiday destinations has been launched at the International Golf Travel Market (IGTM).
Golf Business News, November 15 2012.

Maximum bang for bunker at Bucks.
The Buckinghamshire Golf Club in southern England has commissioned design firm Thomson Perrett & Lobb to undertake a strategic review of its golf course, with a view to implementing proposed changes over a two to three year period.
Golf Course Architecture, 9 November 2012.

IGTM Market Survey reveals Trends in European Golf Tourism
Golfers from Germany and Scandinavia are the most likely to have taken an international golf holiday in the past 12 months, new research has found according to a survey, commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions.
Golf Business News, Novmeber 5 2012.

Ladies European Tour home course hires TPL.
The Buckinghamshire Golf Club in southern England has commissioned design firm Thomson Perrett & Lobb to undertake a strategic review of its golf course, with a view to implementing proposed changes over a two to three year period.
Golf Business News, November 16 2012.

Sweden’s Oldest Club Renovates with (re)GOLF.
Göteborgs Golf Klubb, the oldest club in Sweden, has begun a long-term renovation project supervised by architect Christian Lundin of international design practice (re)GOLF.
Golf Business News, November 23 2012.

IAGTO and GEO Partner to reward resort and destination leadership.
IAGTO, the Global Organization for Golf Tourism and the Golf Environment Organization have announced a new partnership, working closely to support and promote sustainability in golf tourism around the world.
Golf Business News, November 16 2012.

Redevelopment at English club
Churston Golf Club in Devon is to be transformed with by a new clubhouse and coaching facility. Under the scheme, which includes a redesign of the golf course by the Hawtree firm, the new clubhouse will be accompanied by the construction of 90 homes.
Golf Course Architecture, 29 November 2012.

R&A comes under fire for male-only membership.
In a move designed to heap pressure on the R&A, the UK's sports minister High Robertson has called for the right to host the Open Championship to be denied to clubs who do not have women members.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 87, December 2012. Page: 4

Hawtree to design second course at Trump Scotland.
Plans for a second course at Trump International Links in Aberdeenshire are now underway. Martin Hawtree has been retained to again to plan the next development.
Golf Management Europe, Issue 87, December 2012. Page: 4

Himmerland renovation is complete.
Danish/Dutch design firm Spogárd & VanderVaart has completed the total renovation of the BackTee New course at the Himmerland resort in Denmark.
Golf Course Architecture, 30 October 2012.

German and Scandinavian golfers most likely to book overseas golf holidays, new research finds.
The survey, commissioned by Reed Travel Exhibitions, found that more than 85% of golfers in Scandinavia and Germany had taken a ‘non-domestic’ golf break over the past year, compared to 79% of golfers in UK and Ireland, and 70% in France.
IAGTO, 6 November 2012.

Trump to press ahead with second course.
Author: Alistair Dunsmuir
Donald Trump has decided to move forward with plans to design his second golf course at Trump International Golf Links, following unprecedented demand for his first. This course will also be designed by Martin Hawtree.
Golf Club Management, 21 November 2012.


Buddy up - reduce single rider golf cart use to improve turf health and quality.
Author: Bud White
Many golf facilities could not survive without revenue generated from golf cart rentals. However, we know there is a detrimental side to golf cart traffic, predominantly increased turf wear and soil compaction.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 25, November 30 2012. Pages: 1-2


Course renovation and soil science: talking about revolution.
Author: Emma Williams
A new soil surficant - Revolution - that maintains the balance and uniform distribution of air and water around individual particles in the soil has been created to promot a healthier root growth. A look at what course managers can learn from the science
Greenkeeping, November 2012. Pages: 24-25

Sustainable Development

STRI Reveals 2012 Golf Environment Award winners.
STRI has unveiled Thorpeness Golf Club is the ‘greenest’ golf club in the UK after announcing the winners of the 2012 Golf Environment Awards.
Golf Business News, November 16 2012.

Sustainable practices in a golf course climate.
Author: Terra S H Waldron
As the U.S. economy has suffered in recent years, there appears to be more scepticism about the value of golf with expected heavy water consumption and energy usage practices.
Activate, October 2012.

Driving the Green in through golf.
Author: Golf Environment Organization
The golf industry can’t afford to overlook sustainability, which can be key to unlocking long-lasting positive impacts on profits, club profile, public relations, staff and member pride, and more.
Activate, October 2012.

Why sustainable golf courses make good business sense.
Author: John Russell
Property developers often skimp on measures to make their projects environmentally sustainable. But what these developers don’t realise is that sustainability for the natural environment can also mean sustainability for business.
Asian Golf Business, Issue 48, Nov-Dec 2012. Pages: 50-54


Seaweed before snow.
Author: John Torsiello
At Palmer Hills Golf Club they use bionutrition to protect the greens during summer, and to help them prepare for winter.
Golf Course Industry, December 4 2012.

Grass species for golf greens.
Author: Dr Andy Newell
Maintaining high quality golf greens is a combination of many factors, and possibly a degree of luck. An area of fundamental importance is selecting the best grasses and understanding how management affects this choice.
Golf Club Secretary, Vol 15, no 12, December 2012. Pages: 96, 94

Get Active Under The Snow Blanket.
Author: Dr Simon Watson
Recent snowfall across areas of England and Scotland, combined with the sudden plunge in temperatures from icy northerly winds, has highlighted the risk of damaging Microdochium (Fusarium) Patch attack.
Turf Business, 5 December 2012.

Beating back snow mold.
Author: Rob Thomas
Jim Kerns, assistant professor of plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin, explains that most superintendents treat only tees, greens and fairways for snow mold, leaving roughs vulnerable.
Golf Course Industry, October 26 2012.

Gearing up for snow mold season.
Author: Rob Thomas
The peak snow mold season runs from Nov. 1 to April, so design a program that protects surfaces for at least 120 days.
Golf Course Industry, October 26 2012.

Winter play revisited.
Author: Laurence Pithie
Following several mild, albeit wet winters, last winter Mother Nature gave a tinely reminder that periods of prolonged frost and sub-zero temperatures can be just as common.
Greenside, December 2012. Pages: 14-17

Seed and sustainability.
Author: Noel MacKenzie
With the imminent launch of Arrowtown bent at BTME 2013, a unique new cultivar from Johnsons Sports Seed, Noel MacKenzie has a closer look at bent grassuse to see if this grass has something to offer where sustainability is concerned.
Greenkeeper International, November 2012. Pages: 42-46

Regrassing cool-season putting greens with sod.
Author: Jim Skorulski
An old concept with a new twist sparks renewed interest in regrassing greens for northern golf facilities in the U.S. and Canada.
USGA Green Section Record, Vol 50, no 24, November 16 2012. Pages: 1-6

Modern mix herbicides - a match for turf weeds.
Author: Dr Terry Mabbett
A look at different herbicides available to tackle those troublesome weeds.
Greenkeeper International, November 2012. Pages: 21-24

Compost Tea use: a case study.
The question of adding soil microbes to an existing puttting green surface has stimulated much discussion within the world of turfgrass management. A case study on the use of Compost Teas at Ashton GC, Bristol & a look at what improvements have been made.
Greenkeeper International, December 2012. Pages: 28-30

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